Used to do this for a living - in several countries. There is something really special about canoeing down a lake late at night watching the northern lights, or dog sledding and cross country skiing and camping on a frozen lake where standing there in the morning it is so quiet you hear your heart beating, or coming down a mountain and chancing upon a baby reindeer sleeping while it’s mama is off feeding, or coming back to camp to find a rabbit settled in for the night on your sleeping bag (which is under a tarp)… all that makes up for the bugs, the rain, bears and coons stealing food… even rounding a corner seeing a grizzly bear with her two cubs drinking at a stream (and yes we very quietly backed away, waited about 15 min and made lots of noise when we returned) was pretty cool. And the views can be spectacular…
@Kidsandliz Sign me up! Oh, and you don’t have to be camping to have raccoons steal your food. We had a couple break into our room and steal multiple food items from our room in Costa Rica! Freaked me out but it gave us a great story.
Waking up in the woods after doing beer bongs and shots all night. At first, you wonder how you ended up like this, face down in the dirt, but, then you have flashbacks to dancing and jumping over the fire, and then going on an adventure. I SURVIVED! Like a real survivor man. Naked and alive.
I used to love it when I was younger and lived in New England. Now, I’m older and in Alabama. It’s too friggin’ hot, buggy, snaky and humid. Although, I live alone in a forest about an hour away from everything so… it’s kinda like I’m camping all the time.
@lseeber that might be for a lot of the year, but I once visited the M-B plant in Vance in October. It was actually cooler there than in Michigan. And the rolling rural pine-lined hills between Birmingham and Vance reminded me a lot of northern Michigan. It was unexpected.
@RedOak Yeah… that’s rare. My daughter lives in MN and I visit there in the summer and the temp and humidity difference are normally pretty drastic. Not always as you say. But it’s uncommon. There are some pretty places that are reminiscent of some places up north with the rolling hills. Like I said tho… I can’t even go walking in my own woods once the leaves are out (like now… it’s too late to go in the woods, full canopy… and 86deg & 43% humidity… not too bad but it’s 11am). Only in winter. Snakes everywhere… and not friendlies usually. Went in our shop one day and was confronted with a huge rattler… big enough to move large boxes as he went in the opposite direction of me. At least 6’ and about 5" diameter. I didn’t even know he was there until the rattling started. I got out of there fast!
Now, camping in the late fall down here might be good.